cover image Para Que No Me Olvides = Something to Remember Me by

Para Que No Me Olvides = Something to Remember Me by

Susan V. Bosak. Alfaguara, $15.95 (30pp) ISBN 978-1-58105-446-0

Gr 3-5-In this very touching story, based on the author's personal memories of her childhood, Bosak portrays her grandmother's kitchen, the smells of food cooking, the games they played, the love they shared, and her grandmother's warm smile. When the aging woman forgets who she is, the granddaughter who is now a young woman rummages through her things kept in a cedar chest and finds a note saying ""Para que no me olvides,"" which means, ""So that you don't forget me."" She gazes into a mirror to see she has her grandmother's smile. The author takes great care to ensure that readers understand the feelings behind the memories. The sepia-toned illustrations are soft and gentle. Text and illustrations work well together to evoke warmth and nostalgia. This is a good bibliotherapy choice for any parent or librarian who hopes to help children deal with aging grandparents. Joel Bangilan, Houston P.L.